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Grants to Pennsylvania BIPOC-Led Arts and Culture Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations for Operational Support in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Philadelphia’s Cultural Treasures

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Foundation / Corporation

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William Penn Foundation, Barra Foundation, Neubauer Family Foundation, Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and Wyncote Foundation

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Deadline Date:

04/08/22 6:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants to Pennsylvania BIPOC-led arts and cultural nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to support general operations. Applications must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to increase equity in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery process. Eligible applicants are located in Philadelphia.

“Philadelphia’s Cultural Treasures” is a multi-year grant program supporting the recovery of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) cultural groups, artists, and organizations with exceptional significance to people in Greater Philadelphia. The program aims to create new opportunities for BIPOC artists, creatives, and culture-bearers and recognize their important and enduring contributions to Philadelphia and its residents.

In recognition of the historic racial inequity in funding opportunities and the unequal distribution of resources among BIPOC communities compounded by COVID-19, the Ford Foundation and area philanthropy are committed to a transparent, generous, and trusting grant process. Grants will be awarded through the initiative as part of local philanthropy’s commitment to supporting a racially, economically, and socially just COVID-19 recovery.

“Philadelphia Cultural Treasures” is organized as three funding opportunities:

  • Multi-year general operating grants to organizations that are recognized as “Philadelphia Cultural Treasures” (Accepting Letters of Interest)
  • Fellowship grants to BIPOC artists (Opportunity forthcoming in 2022)
  • Project grants to emergent organizations or collectives critically valued in their communities (Opportunity forthcoming in 2022)

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GrantWatch ID#: 200152

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Term of Contract:

Multi-year grants

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations eligible for "Philadelphia Cultural Treasures" general operating support meet the following criteria:
- Organizations that are a 501(c)3
- Are majority BIPOC-led
- Actively engage and serve BIPOC artists and audiences within the City of Philadelphia
- Are arts and/or culture organizations located in the City of Philadelphia
- Have been in operation for at least 5 years
- Organizations that develop the work and practice of adult artists and culture-bearers (organizations with a primary mission to educate or train young people (K-12) are not eligible)

Pre-Application Information:

- From December 1, 2021, through January 14, 2022, Letters of Interest for general operating support awards will be accepted. All Letters of Interest must be received by 6:00 PM EST, Friday, January 14, 2022.
- Finalists will be invited to submit a full application by February 14, 2021, for completion by 6:00PM ET, Friday, April 8, 2021.
- Final awards will be announced in June 2022.
- The next two opportunities for funding will be announced in early 2022.

Those applying for general operating support will undergo a two-phase review process which includes submitting an initial Letter of Interest followed by a submission of a full proposal if invited to do so.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit a Letter of Interest Online:

For questions about the application process or submitting a Letter of Interest, please email

William Penn Foundation
Two Logan Square, 11th Floor
100 North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2757
(215) 988-1830

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USA: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia

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